DoE helps students during shutdown

The department of education (DoE) is pulling out all the stops to ensure that pupils don’t fall behind during the 21-day national lockdown.

According to the department, a host of resources will be provided over multiple platforms for students and educators to make use of.

DoE will make the following resources availble fom April 1:

  • Broadcast lessons on SABC tv and radio stations

  • DStv channel 180

  • Dedicated channel on Openview

  • Broadcast lessons on various community radio stations

  • Electronic readers available on all platforms

  • 2Enable phone app which has over 2,000 educational readers in all indigenous languages

“We urge households to support reading improvement initiatives by ensuring that children are given time to read and that parents and care-givers participate by reading with their children and sharing stories,” the department said in a recently released statement.

They also assured families that the school nutrition programme will continue in some form during the lockdown.

The programme will be implemented in various poverty nodes operated by the department of social development.

In order to promote social distancing and minimise infection, one member per family will be allowed to collect food parcels once per week.

Finally, the department urged residents to avoid falling for fake news or misinformation, such as the many rumours that have been circulating about school opening dates.

At the time of writing, the exact date schools are set to re-open has not been confirmed and will be communicated by the department when available.


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